Speaking at the Palestine Investment Conference in Ramallah recently, Intel’s Corporate Vice President unveiled a number of educational initiatives meant to help Palestine set itself on the right technological track.
Will Swope talked about how the company was working within the US Palestinian Partnership to ensure speedy ICT development in Palestine through education.
“Being in Palestine today and witnessing the great talent that the youth have to offer inspires us to collaborate further with Palestinian educators and technology innovators to up-level education curricula and help drive ICT development,” gushed Swope, who also gave Birzeit University a new multi core computer on the same visit.
Working with USAID and the Palestinian Information and Communication Technology Incubator, Intel also said it would be launching a competition for youth to come up with the best business plan, an exercise the company hopes will stimulate student interest in entrepreneurship.
Laith Kassis, General Manager, PICTI reckoned the organisation’s partnership with Intel and USAID “allows us to further nurture the diverse Arab talents and enhances the growth of dynamic businesses in Palestine. We are indeed proud of this partnership and look forward to building on the successes we have achieved so far.”
On a roll, Intel went on to re-open its ‘Computer Clubhouse’ in Ramallah, which had been done up and equipped with top-of-the-range, brand new and shiny tech. The clubhouse will purportedly cater to all sorts of technology-orientated after-school activities.
To top it all off, Intel was also in talks with the Palestinian education ministry, promising them a donation of about 900 low-cost Intel classmate PCs.